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Eleven Bobcats head to Sacramento for NCAA West Regional outdoor championship meet

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Montana State track and field’s season continues when members of its men’s and women’s teams travel to Sacramento, Calif., for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Hornet Stadium from May 24-26.

The three-day meet will be hosted by Sacramento State with 11 Bobcat student-athletes participating in the preliminaries. The Bobcat contingent increased its numbers from 10 to 11 as junior Alex Lewis will be part of the West Regionals field. The junior will compete in the long jump as a replacement after the NCAA finalized medical scratches following the release of the athletes that declared for the preliminaries.

Six Bobcats are set to compete on the opening day of action Thursday, May 24. Live results for each event are provided by the NCAA, with a link available on the track and field team’s schedule page on msubobcats.com, as well as on the NCAA Championship Central web page. A live stream is available with a subscription to FloTrack.org.

MSU thrower Calvin Root, pictured here two indoor seasons ago/ by Brooks Nuanez

Calvin Root, Tiffany Shearman and Carley VonHeeder make the first MSU appearances of the meet at approximately 1 p.m. MDT on Thursday. Root is the 28th seeded individual in the men’s hammer throw and is slated in the second flight. VonHeeder and Shearman, seeded 31st and 39th respectively, will participate in the women’s javelin. Shearman will throw in the first flight of 16 and VonHeeder is listed in flight two.

The top 12 finishers of the 48 in each field preliminaries event will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene from May 6-9.

Lewis heads into the long jump competition for the second consecutive year at the regional. That event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.with the senior competing in the first of four heats. Senior Amanda Jaynes, seeded 15th in the event, will compete in the fourth heat of the first round of the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 6 p.m. Half the field will qualify for the 400 hurdles quarterfinals that run on Friday.

Closing out the first day of races and representing the Bobcats will be junior Kelsi Lasota. Her 10,000 semifinals race begins at 10:40 p.m. She will need to earn a top-12 finish to advance to Eugene and is seeded 24th going into it.

Senior Kyle Douglass makes his debut at the 2018 NCAA West Regional at 1 p.m. Friday in the men’s discus. He is seeded seventh among discus competitors. Jaynes, who could compete in two events depending on her outcome in Thursday’s 400 hurdles race, will run in the opening heat of the first round of the 100 hurdles at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Montana State freshman Trisha Carlson

Freshman Trisha Carlson and sophomore Anna French wrap up the second day of action with the women’s 3,000 steeplechase starting at 10 p.m. French will be racing in the second heat and Carlson will appear in the third and final heat. The top three times in each heat, along with the next three best times from any heat, qualify for Eugene.

Douglass will appear in another event, while Noah Martin and Diego Leon make their debuts, on Saturday in Sacramento. Martin makes his first showing at regionals by leaping in heat two of the men’s high jump at 5 p.m. Douglass returns to the throwing ring in the second heat of the men’s shot put at 5:30 p.m. A senior from Hollister, Calif., Leon is the 11th seeded runner in the men’s 5,000 semifinals race and is scheduled to run in the first heat which begins at 9:05 p.m.

Regional Rankings Breakdown (Declared event rank, event time in Mountain)
MEN
Kyle Douglass: Discus (7th – 192-5 | May 25, 1 p.m.), Shot Put (25th – 60-01.25 | May 26, 5:30 p.m.)
Diego Leon: 5,000 (9th – 13:39.89 | May 26, 9:05 p.m.)
Alex Lewis: Long Jump (48th – 48-08.25 | May 24, 5:30 p.m.)
Noah Martin: High Jump (T32nd – 6-11 | May 26, 5 p.m.)
Calvin Root: Hammer (28th – 206-07 | May 24, 1 p.m.)

WOMEN
Kelsi Lasota: 10,000 (19th – 33:51.85 | May 24, 10:40 p.m.)
Carley VonHeeder: Javelin (30th – 156-03 | May 24, 1 p.m.)
Amanda Jaynes: 400 Hurdles (15th – 57.93 | May 24, 6 p.m.), 100 Hurdles (48th – 13.66, May 25, 6 p.m.)
Anna French: 3,000 Steeplechase (28th – 10:22.95 | May 25, 10 p.m.)
Trisha Carlson: 3,000 Steeplechase (26th – 10:21.63 | May 25, 10 p.m.)
Tiffany Shearman: Javelin (38th – 153-00 | May 24, 1 p.m.)

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